An Outstanding case for Christmas

By on December 8, 2013

Anew 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $11

Anew Riesling is made by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.Best Buy! Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ newest label is a national brand that debuted in June and focuses entirely on Riesling. The marketing for this wine targets women, but this is a refreshing wine for anyone who loves Riesling. It opens with alluring aromas of apple, pear, fresh-cut celery, slate and spice, followed by flavors loaded with jasmine, pineapple, pear and apple. It is perfectly balanced with bright acidity that provides a lengthy and memorable finish.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 70,000 cases

Alcohol: 11.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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